It was August 2011. I had been following a few blogs here and there for a couple of months and finally decided to take the plunge and start one of my own. I had no idea what would come of it! When I started my blog, my intentions were to A) use it as a creative outlet, B) get to know my new city and c) meet other women in the Houston area. It’s been three years since I started my blog and I believe that each of those have been achieved.
I spent some time last night looking through some old posts of mine and how I’ve progressed over these three years. So many things have changed (my writing style, even!) but so many things have also remained constant. The amount of support within the blogging community has changed, but I’m still so thankful for the women that continuously leave comments and interact with me through blogging. Every time I see a new comment pop up in my inbox, my heart still flutters! Each and every one of them mean something to me, even if I don’t respond 100% of the time (which I do attempt to do!)
Unfortunately I have noticed so many changes in the blogging world too. Maybe it’s something that comes with experience. When I first began I had new eyes and didn’t see so many of the things that happen behind the scenes. But I do know this: the blogging world seems to be dying. Comments are dwindling (Bonnie sees it too) and interaction in general is lacking, in my opinion. That was the whole point of the Blog Everyday in September challenge. I feel like things have gotten so commercial and strayed away from simple posts that used to intrigue us and make us happy to write.
I remember the old days of weekly link ups and getting excited when you hit 50 GFC followers. Ad swapping with other small bloggers and it being totally okay if your post has no photos. I felt like small milestones were celebrated and discovering new blogs was so exciting. I hate that this seems to have gone away.
But, with all of that, I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to meet amazing women both in and outside of Houston through this whole blogging thing. It’s been pretty amazing and has given so much to me over the past three years!
I want to hear your thoughts: Why did you start blogging? What is your favorite part? Least favorite part?